List of websites blocked in the United Kingdom

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Blocked by mobile operators and ISP network filters[edit]

Resolved and Erroneous Blocks[edit]

Site name (s) Domain (s) or URL (s) Type of site (s) Reason (s) Blocked by Start date Resolution date
Wikipedia[1][2] Virgin Killer record album article on Online encyclopedia Potentially indecent image of underage child Internet Watch Foundation 5 December 2008 Unblocked by IWF on
9 December 2008
Wayback Machine Web archive Site incompatibility with Cleanfeed Internet Watch Foundation[3] 14 January 2009 16 January 2009[4]
FileServe File hosting Mistake Internet Watch Foundation[5] 16 November 2011[6] 18 November 2011
NewzBin2[7] later Usenet binary
file search
Copyright Motion Picture Association court order November
Site closed in
November 2012 Several servers of Blog hosting Mistake ISP(s)[8] 17 July 2013 29 July 2013
TorrentFreak[9] News site Technical implementation Premier League
court order -
Sky Broadband
7 August 2013 9 August 2013
DNS Made Easy including
Radio Times and
hundreds more[10][11]
plus many more
DNS provider and
its customers
Technical implementation Premier League
court order
13 August 2013 14 August 2013
Imgur[12] Specific address range(s),
used by
Image hosting Technical issue with
content lock system
EE October 2013 Technical problem resolved by 22 November 2013 Several servers of Blog hosting Mistake ISP(s)[13] 26 November 2013 5 December 2013
Imgur Image hosting Technical implementation[14] Sky Broadband 14 December 2013 16 December 2013 Several servers of Blog hosting Mistake? ISP(s)[15] 12 March 2014 16 March 2014

Court ordered implementations targeting copyright and trademark infringement[edit]

Sites are blocked using various methods across the "Big 5" UK ISPs, in accordance with the Digital Economy Act, making it difficult to ascertain the extent to which a site is 'blocked' or not.[16] In December 2014 the affected ISPs decided to publish more information about the blocking orders they received.

ISPs with over 400,000 subscribers subject to blocking orders:

Site name (s) Domain (s) or URL (s) Type of site (s) Reason (s) Blocked by Implementation date
The Pirate Bay[20]
File sharing Copyright BPI court order May 2012
File sharing Copyright BPI court order[21] March 2013
Movie2k File sharing Copyright MPAA court order May 2013
Download For All File sharing Copyright MPAA court order May 2013
EZTV[21] File sharing Copyright MPAA court order July 2013
First Row Sports[22][23] Streaming Copyright Premier League
court order
July 2013

File Crop
Mp3 Juices
Mp3 Raid
Mp3 Skull
New Album Releases
Rapid Library
Torrent Crazy
Torrent Downloads
Torrent Hound
Torrent Reactor

File sharing Copyright BPI court order[25][26] October 2013

Project Free TV
YIFY Torrents

File sharing

Copyright MPAA court order November 2013
Solar Movie
Tube +
Streaming Copyright MPAA court order[27] November 2013


Streaming Copyright MPAA court order March 2014
Luxury goods Counterfeit goods Cartier International,
Montblanc & Richemont court order[28]
October 2014
Bit Torrent Scene
Pick Torrent
Torrent download
Torrent Express
Torrent Funk

File sharing Copyright BPI court order October 2014

Ice Films
IP Torrents
Los Movies
Rapid Moviez
Rar BG
Scene Source
Stream TV

Tor Movies
Torrent Day
Warez BB
YourBittorrent † † †

File sharing Copyright MPAA court order[29] November 2014

† Indicates a site with no public file listings.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wikipedia falls foul of British censors", Bobbie Johnson, The Guardian, 7 December 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  2. ^ "How to make child-porn blocks safe for the internet", Cory Doctorow, The Guardian, 16 December 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  3. ^ "IWF confirms Wayback Machine porn blacklisting", Cade Metz, The Register, 14 January 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  4. ^ Accessing, Brian Widdas, Google Groups discussion, 14 January 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2013.[unreliable source?]
  5. ^ "IWF Blacklist Snafu blocks access to FileServe", Tom Jowitt, TechWeek Europe, 21 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Blacklist hitch causes Virgin Media FileServe block", David Meyer, ZDNet (CBS Interactive), 21 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  7. ^ "BT ordered to block Newzbin2 filesharing site within 14 days", Mark Sweney, The Guardian, 26 October 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Recent problems accessing sites", WordPress Forums, Support, 22 July 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  9. ^ "News site TorrentFreak 'blocked' by Sky's piracy filter", Kadhim Shubber, Wired UK (Condé Nast UK), 9 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Radio Times caught up in Premier League's piracy fight", Leo Kelion, BBC News, 14 August 2013.
  11. ^ "OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball", Kelly Fiveash, The Register, 15 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  12. ^ "EE irks 4G customers with unexplained Imgur block", Carly Page, The Inquirer, 19 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Dashboard errors related to TalkTalk ISP issue", Support Forum, 26 November 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  14. ^ Andy. "Imgur wiped out by Sky Broadband torrent site blocking". Torrentfreak. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Dashboard errors - TalkTalk, Sky, and BT Care Users", Support Forum, 12 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  16. ^ "Big 5 ISPs", Open Rights Group Wiki, 28 July 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  17. ^ "New measures to protect online copyright and inform consumers", News Release, Office of Communications (Ofcom), 26 June 2012. "The code will initially cover ISPs with more than 400,000 broadband-enabled fixed lines – currently BT, Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk Group and Virgin Media." Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  18. ^ "Websites we’ve blocked under order of the high court", Sky Broadcasting Group. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Why are some websites not available through Virgin Media?", Broadband and Internet: Internet Security, Virgin Media. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  20. ^ "The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules". BBC News Online. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  21. ^ a b Edward Smith (23 July 2013). "UK court to block file-sharing sites EZTV and YIFY". International Business Times. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Premier League wins piracy block of First Row Sports", David Lee, BBC News, 17 July 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  23. ^ Football Association Premier League Limited v. British Sky Broadcasting Limited, et al.", England and Wales High Court (Chancery Division) Decisions, British and Irish Legal Information Institute, Neutral citation number: [2013] EWHC 2058 (Ch), Case No: HC13F02471, 16 July 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  24. ^ Ernesto (14 December 2014). "Former ‘Pirate’ Site Dropped From UK Blocklist". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  25. ^ "ISPs told to block 21 pirate sites", BBC News, 29 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  26. ^ "21 new torrent sites added to UK banned list", Jo Best, ZDNet, 30 October 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  27. ^ "Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list", Andrew Orlowski, The Register, 14 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  28. ^ Little, Trevor. "Landmark judgment handed down in dispute between Richemont and ISPs". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  29. ^ a b Ernesto (27 November 2014). "UK Piracy Blocklist expands with Demonoid, Isohunt, IPTorrents and more". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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